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City to take property in lieu of cable fees

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Albany City Commission tentatively agreed to write off a debt from Mediacom in exchange for the cable company's old building on Flint Avenue.

Mediacom owes the city $139,000 in franchise fees. They proposed giving the building, worth an estimated $216,000 if the city forgives the debt.

City engineers examined the building and say they see no problems other than roof repairs estimated at $60,000.

The city wants to use the building either for Albany Police or as a Wellness Clinic which leaders believe would help reduce the city's health care costs.

 "We're going to have a clinic that will be free for the covered city employees they'll go in they'll be able to have no co-pay, no deductible, if they have prescription medications and its generic they will get that at no cost," said Albany's Director of Finance Kris Newton.

Commissioners approved the measure in a four to two vote, stipulating the finance team get back to them about costs to expand the building for Albany Police or the Wellness Center.

 

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